19 December 2019
Pictured: MTPConnect Managing Director & CEO Dr Dan Grant with The George Institute for Global Health's A/Prof Ruth Webster, Crescent Strategy Consulting's Sabeen Shaikh, Deloitte Access Economics's Dr Pradeep Philip and Asialink Business CEO Mukund Narayanamurti at the Frugal Innovation Report launch in Melbourne.
17 Projects Funded through BMTH & BTB Programs
To cap off a stellar year, we released the news that 9 projects in Round 2 of the BioMedTech Horizons program and 8 projects in Round 1 of the Biomedical Translation Bridge program will receive a total of $14.8 million in MRFF funding. The projects will leverage a further $25 million in contributions from industry. Together, these latest rounds of BMTH and BTB are injecting nearly $40 million into the MTP sector to support early stage research! Visit both the BMTH and BTB pages to view the full list of recipients and their fascinating research projects to improve health outcomes.
BTB Round 2 Information Session – Perth
We hosted the second Round 2 Information Session, this time in Perth at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research. We were joined by our BTB partners BioCurate’s Eric Hayes, UniQuest’s Mark Ashton and MDPP’s Andrew Milligan, to engage with the thriving WA medtech and life sciences sector. Visit the BTB page for more information on Information Sessions coming your way in 2020.
BMTH Round 3 Closed
We have closed Round 3 EOIs for the BMTH program and applicants will be notified in March 2020 about progress to stage two.
Frugal Innovation Report Launched
The MTPConnect team joined Asialink Business to launch a new report Frugal Innovation in Medical Devices and Technologies: The India Opportunity at the State Library of Victoria. The report, supported by Austrade, highlights the growing opportunities for future-focused Australian medical technologies businesses in India. Download the report from our website, and listen to the podcast episode recorded live at the launch event to hear more.
Adaptive Regulation for Digital Health Steering Committee
The 10th meeting of the Adaptive Regulation for Digital Health Steering Committee was held via teleconference on 6 December 2019. Joining us for the meeting were representatives from the CSIRO, the University of Queensland, ANDHealth, Allens and the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. The Steering Committee is working to finalise a new report examining how Australian digital health industry stakeholders are engaging with the Australian therapeutic goods regulatory framework which we’re looking to release in the first half of the new year.
West Tech Fest in WA
The MTPConnect WA Life Sciences Innovation Hub sponsored 2019 West Tech Fest at the State Theatre in Perth, which brought together a host of industry leaders in health, medtech and digital technology. Subscribe to our podcast to hear our interview with Dr Carlo Bellini recorded during the event.
New Team Members
This month, we welcomed the appointments that Dr Rebecca Tunstall, Senior Director Stakeholder Engagement and Dr Duncan Macinnis, Director Stakeholder Engagement NSW, both coming on board in January 2020.
Sector Supported Events
- MDPP’s End of Year Celebration in Adelaide
- Monash BDI’s ‘So You Think You Can Pitch’ Showcase
- Austrade’s Australian Export Awards